The high cirrus clouds that had been approaching from the North West shaded the Prospect Peak area as I approached so it was very important to take a good climb before heading out to tag the cylinder and allow for the return to the ridge. At this point I joined Jug and Szilard and we worked together. Soon small areas of sun appeared on the terrain and we found booming climbs that made the return leg to Rabies fairly quick.
The leg from Burnt to John's Pk. was a slow tip-toe until we found a nice climb with a helpful hawk that calmly showed us the best core. I headed into the turnpoint at John's and returned the 3km. to find the same climb. When I got to the area of the climb the same hawk was still orbiting to show us the climb.
After that climb I rolled out with a 6:1 glide to goal and saw Jug and Szilard below and slightly ahead so I pushed full bar and chose a very lifty line to get to goal. Every core I flew through gave me a lift, even while holding full bar, and I was getting around 10:1 glide. I had such a lifty line that I was at least 2000' too high at the end of speed section. I placed 15th (tied with Szilard because he beat me by 8 seconds, but I had more leading points) and this was my best showing of the week.
The day was won by Nate Scales, followed closely by Josh Cohn, Matt Beechinor, Matt Senior and Nick Greece.
The Rat Race had 26 in goal and the Sprint race had 42 in goal today - Many happy pilots at the Longsword Winery!
Rat Race Scores can be found at http://flyxc.org/2011RatRace.html
Sprint Scores can be found at http://flyxc.org/2011RatRaceSprint.html
I just got in, after a 10 hour drive so that's it for now. Here's a great video of the Rat Race this year.
Below is a photo of the festivities at RRHQ just prior to the awards ceremony.